What’s Been Happening in Hallett?

 

August Update

by Brenda Villis

For those who don’t like the shorter daylight hours, plus the extreme cold and lack of sunny days, the good news is we are now in the last month of winter.  Hallett has been getting some media coverage recently due to the extreme cold. Blossom has appeared which means that spring will soon be here.

There has been lots of activity around our area lately with large machinery & workmen from interstate, working long hours to install National Broadband Network (NBN) infrastructure to prepare for the delivery of high speed broadband. The installation of the NBN has occurred along the following roads: Barrier Highway Government Road, The Braes Road, Pigeon Box Road, Whyte Yarcowie, Stock Route Road, Ulooloo Road, Third Street and Railway Terrace West. Work has included the ploughing of fibre optic cable into the road verges between the above mentioned roads.

When a large gang of interstate workmen come into a small community like ours they need to be fed & access accommodation. Thus our local Mini Mart proprietors, Russell & Joy and local Hotel proprietors, Marie & Chris, have really been enjoying the extra trade that these workmen have provided.

Locals were saddened recently to hear that former Hallett resident Dulcie Clark had passed on, in her 93rd year. To Doreen, Val & Lyn and their families please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mum. Dulcie was Nanna to 7 grandchildren, Great Nanna to 13 Great Grandchildren & Great Great Nanna to 11 Great Great Grandchildren. Dulcie & her husband George lived for many years in the home now occupied by her eldest daughter Doreen. She will be remembered as a gentle lady who spoke quietly & had a beautiful smile for everyone.  Dulcie was actively involved in our community and worked tirelessly for Red Cross & she loved her bowls. From 1979 – 1983 Dulcie was Secretary of the Women’s Bowling Club & also received a 15 years, Service Award, for her commitment to the local Red Cross Branch. Vale!

Older readers will remember with affection, Tess (nee Cousins) & her husband Cletus Furst, when they lived here.  Sadly Tess passed on recently & was buried at Spalding. The Furst’s lived at Willalo in the home where Anthony & Barb French live, prior to moving to where Bert & Elsie Fahey reside. Tess & Cletus later moved to Spalding before spending time in Adelaide.  In recent years the Furst’s moved to the Riverland to be nearer family. Sincere sympathy is extended to her family & friends.

Tess’s husband, Cletus Furst, was a member of the Hallett Football Team that went Premiers in 1950 and can be remembered as a very reliable footballer.  His team mates were – Jim Murphy, John Bell, Josh Brooks, Cliff Lucas, Barry Prior, Bronte Phin, Bob Meyer, Leo Furst, Max Rayner, Mike Connors, Harold Prior, Bill Phin, Stan Longford, Arthur Lewis, Frank Brooks and Arch Jones.

A former Hallett Police Officer, Roland Frank Heath, Q.P.M has recently passed away in his 88th year. Roly was a former Assistant Commissioner of the South Australian Police Force and will be remembered by some older readers.The Heath family were stationed here in 1966/67.  I asked an older resident what he could remember about Roly when he was stationed here and I liked his answer.  “Well, he must have been a fairly likeable chap, because I can’t remember anything bad about him.”  Ditto! Kevin O’Reilly was appointed to Hallett, after the Heaths moved on to Cambelltown.

It was sad to hear that another former Hallett resident has also passed on. Brian Eskriett, lived here for a number of years in the cottage, situated on the northern side of the former Post Office. He loved his bowls and was a member of Hallett’s Division 3 pennant team 1995-96, which included Keith Honan, Darren Loftus, Wes de Caux, Doug Blight, Ken Marlow, John Chadwick and Bob Parkin. Brian moved from Hallett due to declining health and enjoyed his final years at Pt. Broughton, where he was buried.

A former Hallett shopkeeper, Brian Havers has also passed on. Brian’s wife June & their daughter, Karen were keen netballers for Hallett. Brian Havers & Michael McDonnell purchased the local corner shop in 1972, prior to selling it to John & Carmel Hall in 1974.

Another baby has arrived!  Chelsea Bradley, daughter of Eunice, has welcomed a baby boy, Conner. Proud Nanna Eunice, is naturally over the moon to welcome grandchild number six. Eunice runs the Hallett Op Shop and resides in the home that the Seigert family lived in when they ran the local shop.

Former Ulooloo residents, James & Leticia Gosse, have recently welcomed their 3rd child, a boy, Henry James.   James now lives down Penola way and recently celebrated his 40th birthday with family & friends.

Sarah Wadlow, daughter of Kate & Nick, recently attended an Adelaide Thunderbirds Skills Clinic at Clare with some other young BBH netballers. They joined girls from other clubs within the North Eastern Netball Association and were lucky to have Nat Von Bertouch, Samanth Poolman and Erin Bell present and no doubt learnt many valuable netball skills.

On the subject of sheep, our three local Hallett studs, East Bungaree, Old Ashrose & Greenfields recently journeyed over the border to Bendigo, to compete at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show. Congratulations to the Wadlow/Ashby family, who won the Grand Champion, Strong Wool Ram and also took out the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion, Strong Wool Merino Ewe prizes. This was a commendable achievement at this event which is known as Australia’s largest sheep show.

In a recent Australian Wool Classing Journal, there was a great photo of former Hallett identity, Ian Tiver.   Ian had been recognised, with other representatives from throughout Australia, for being a registered wool classer for 50 years.  Congratulations, Ian.

 

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It is heartening to hear that former Hallett folk are now receiving our local ‘Hallett News’. The latest recipients are Barb & Neil Prior, who have lived for many years, in Loxton.  Neil lived with his family in the home that is now owned by Wendy & Brian Podmore.  Neil attended the local school, participated in local sport & was employed on the Hallett District Council, before moving on to follow a new career path.  His wife Barb came to the district as a JP teacher and taught at local schools.  Of course, it’s the old, old story, Barb met Neil and the rest is history ………

No doubt, former Hallett identities, Pat & Mostyn Seigert are very proud of their grandson, Sam Darling who is making a name for himself with some of SA’s most talented young cricketers.  Recently Sam headed over to Sri Lanka to get experience at tackling spinners on turning wickets.  Sam’s proud parents are Tania & Rick Darling.  Rick will be remembered as a former Australian Test opener.

On the 3rd August, a small group gathered to honour the memory of those people, and in particular, the women of the district who gave so much of their time and money over many years to support the humanitarian work of the Australian Red Cross. Mary Fahey, who was a staunch supporter of our former Red Cross Branch, led the formalities. Former Hallett resident and Red Cross member, Pat Seigert, had kindly donated an Australian Red Cross Centenary Rose which she planted in the Memorial Gardens.It was interesting to hear the history of the Hallett Red Cross Branch and view the display of historical items which had been displayed. When Pat moved to the city she continued her interest in Red Cross by joining the Kensington Gardens Branch & has been Secretary for many years.

It was great to welcome Pat & Mostyn back to our small community where they lived for many years on their property south of the town. Their eldest daughter, Tania & husband Rick also attended. Lorraine Lentakis, also returned as she lived here for many years with her parents, the late Mary & the late Frank Brooks.   Lorraine is the President of the Kensington Gardens Red Cross Branch. Her mum, Mary was a committed member of our local branch & continued her dedication to Red Cross by joining the Mt. Pleasant Branch & in later years, the Kensington Gardens Branch.

I will always have fond memories of the annual Hallett Flower Show, which the local Red Cross Branch held annually.  Marlene Richards described this event, just so well, in her book, ‘HALLETT, A History of Town & Districts’ ………………………………….‘Probably the best known and most loved way in which it raises money is by the Annual Red Cross Flower and Indoor Show, held in October. The efforts of the members are aided by most people in the district, whether aged, young or in-between. The local Institute resounds with the hum of voices and the call of “Where does this go?”  By the time the judging occurs no room is to be found on the tables for one more exhibit of flowers, floral art, cookery or handicrafts, while the trading tables groan in ecstasy at the load which they carry. The Show is always successful, for it is one district function which all try to support because, “it’s for a good cause”.’

Another fond memory that many older residents will remember, is the amazing trading tables that the Red Cross Ladies, offered on Voting Days. The members were all so dedicated to raising money for worthy causes, thus the result was always – trading tables laden with a wonderful assortments of goods.

I remember the late Ruth Blight’s amazing boiled mayonnaise and I often wish that I had that recipe, so that my efforts would taste, just the same.  Another fond memory I have of Ruth’s dedication to raising money for the branch, was her quietly sneaking away to her home when the trading table was getting short of goods for sale & appearing back a short while later, with more biscuits, cakes and produce! If anyone has that amazing boiled mayonnaise recipe & would like to share it, I would love to have it.

During the years that the local Red Cross Branch was in operation, considerable amounts of money were donated to the local hospitals – at Burra, Jamestown & Terowie. Yes, there was a Terowie Hospital & this grand old building still stands proudly & was offering B&B accommodation!  The local branch has also given generously to local, national & international calls for help as well as supporting local organisations with both financial and practical help. Unfortunately as our numbers declined, many of our organisations were forced to close – Red Cross, Country Women’s and Ladies Fellowship are groups that were extremely active for many years.

Last month I mentioned that the old CFS building had been demolished and now the cottage that older residents knew as the Surfield’s & then Arthur & Barb Lewis’ home, has also gone. Present owner, Trish Nolan, is looking forward to her new home being finished on that site.

There was a lot of excitement recently when an old railway carriage arrived & was placed on land behind Chris & Sue McGloin’s home, opposite the Catholic Church.  No doubt, it will become a landmark for motorists as they pass through our town.

Hope you have enjoyed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!

Brenda

 

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